What is the function of cases

guy freaking out over casesHello everyone,

and welcome to a somewhat special episode of our grammar course, because today, we’ll take a look at the function of

Grammatical Cases

Yeah, I know. Ewwwwww….
For real though, cases do have a pretty bad reputation.
Especially to people whose mother tongue is virtually case-free, “has cases” sounds like “has fleas” or “doesn’t shower very often”.
And even people whose own language does have cases don’t like them too much.
Finns complain about the German cases, Germans whine about Polish cases and everybody struggles with ancient Greek and Latin cases.
Cases just seem to give everyone a hard time.

And at least part of the problem is that most people don’t really know what grammatical cases actually are – they are there and they suck. That’s it.

But once you know what they actually are, what role they play, and what would be the alternative, they’re actually not that hard anymore. Or at least not that scary.

So in this article we will look at the general concept of cases.
We’ll find out what cases do and how they do it and we will have a look at the variety of cases you can find in different languages – and we’ll stay on the surface, so don’t worry :).
And then, we will see if we can make … ahem… a case for or against cases and answer the very very important question:

Do we really need this sh*t?

Or as Clean Internet™ would say:

Are cases really necessary?

And then, to wrap it all up we will take a look at how cases connect organic chemistry.
Sounds good? Cool.
Here are the quick links, so you can jump around:

 

Then let’s start.

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